Review: A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

Posted June 5th, 2014 in book review / 18 comments


Beautiful Series #3

by Jamie McGuire

Publisher: Atria Books (Dec 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eNovella (160 pages)
Source: Purchased
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Rating: ★★★☆ (4 stars)

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

At A Glance
It’s so satisfying to finally know how this wedding went down.

The Good
I was surprised to find out that this is book #3 of the series. I thought it was a side novella, you know, like a #2.5 book. Since it’s only 160 pages long, it definitely had a novella feel. Nothing huge happens but we get a better look into the lives and wedding of Abby and Travis, but that’s it. Which is not a bad thing, I just wanted to be up-front about the feel of this book.

Let’s be honest, we read this series because Abby and Travis are so beautifully disastrous. They both have their share of problems, but when they come together, none of that matters. They just work together. Usually, I hate reading about young couples getting married or having kids (calm down, ladies, no unexpected pregnancy to worry about in this book, everyone can unclench their uteruses). But if anybody could handle marriage at a young age, it’s these two. Abby and Travis found a soulmate in each other. There is no more questions, no more doubt, there’s just doing! And they do!

The drama with the lead up to the wedding was both heartbreaking and cute. Obviously there were nerves, but mostly there was excitement, especially with Travis. I have never seen a guy more excited to get tied down. Travis really is a one of a kind character. I think any of us would find it hard to deny him a thing. He’s just so loving and intense. Abby, on the other hand, had some cold-feet, but not because of doubts about Travis, just the timing. But once ‘the letter’ came into play, everything changed. You will cry, or you better, because I am not going to be the only wuss here. And then there was only smiles from then on.

This was an amazing wrap-up to Abby and Travis’ wedding. And we even get a future look at them as a happy couple a year later. I already want to read more.

The Bad
I will have to tiptoe around this since it gives away a big part of the story, but Abby’s main reason for marrying Travis was not very logical. The world just doesn’t work like that. And then, big surprise, the story did end with ‘rainbows and unicorns.’  *rolls eyes* None of it felt realistic. There should have been a bigger backlash. It would have made me sad but at least it would have been more believable.

The Snuggly
I was surprised to find the sex scene flat. And I don’t even know why. These two crazy kids have amazing, steamy chemistry! But the sex, meh. I am happy that no matter the reason they got married, they end up happy because their love is forever. Corny but true.

Suitable for a new adult and up audience.

Final Thoughts
I don’t know how long this series is going to go, but I hope we have years of watching Abby and Travis grow even closer, which seems impossible. Anyone who loved the first two books, will love this one too. Very recommended.

“A Maddox boy will take you all the way to the edge, but if you go with him, he’ll follow you anywhere…”  

“I want you to know that whatever love is, this has got to be it. We were best friends first, and we tried not to fall in love, and we did anyway. If you’re not with me, it’s not where I want to be. I’m in this. I’m with you.”  

“Nothing was better than coming up with new ways to make her fall in love with me all over again. I lived for that shit now, and it was way more satisfying.”  

“I now understand the whole jumping on the couch and punching the floor thing. I don’t know how to express how I feel! Where’s Oprah?”  

“My God, that woman was fucking sexy. She didn’t even have to try, and all I wanted was to be all up in her business. Now that we were engaged that didn’t sound like such a bastard thing to think.”  

“Travis Maddox was the kind of gorgeous every girl dreamed about, and he was my reality.”  
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18 Responses to “Review: A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire”

  1. Ashley

    “Abby’s main reason for marrying Travis was not very logical”

    I agree with this SO much! It was illogical, kind of annoying, and so not romantic. I don’t like how Abby and Travis are so cute together, but it was the totally wrong reason to get married (on Abby’s part). Stupid reasons for marriage like that are why people get divorced…

    But I agree with the rest of your review. It was a cute book!

    Also wtf at it being #3? When I read and reviewed it, it actually was 2.5. That means they deliberately changed it lol O_O I’m sorry, but it’s a novella, not a full book. 😛

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Oh, that makes sense about it being 2.5 before because that’s how it felt. Yeah, it is so not a book #3. I don’t know why they changed it.

      I feel okay with how Abby felt at the end, but yeah, the reasoning before them getting married was horrible.

  2. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    It seems like a lot of authors are now counting novellas as series installments which kinda annoys me. I recently read one where book 2 was half the pages of 1, but was selling for the same price. NOT COOL!

    Anyway, I’m kinda curious about Abby’s reason for marrying Travis now, plus I’m getting married in… 16 days, so I’ve caught the wedding bug. Hehe

    • Jennifer Bielman

      So not cool when novellas are the same price at full books. I am getting very tired with that crap.

      Congrats!!! wow, 16 days. So close! I hope we get to see pictures!

  3. saaratis

    I read this book last month and I agree, Abby’s reason for marrying Travis was not logical. I was actually surprised that Travis never finds out about it. Trent knows, but Travis never even suspects it. Sure they would have probably had an epic fight, but I felt like it was a kind of betrayal on Abby’s part. And obviously she did not marry him for the right reasons. But I guess the author goes by the motto of, “All’s well that ends well.”

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I was surprised that Travis never found out either. It kind of annoyed me. I would have rather him found out then they had a fight then they made up. It would have felt right.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    I really enjoyed this too and yep there was some heartbreaking and beautiful moments in this one. I am quite curious as to the brothers book coming out.

  5. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I loved Beautiful Disaster but HATED Abby! I couldn’t even finish Walking Disaster because I hated it so much. But I love Travis. I think I’ll listen to the audiobook since Zachary Webber narrates this and his voice is just YUM!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      awww, well I can see how Abby is not to everyone’s taste. Travis is the better character. Zachery Webber huh? I will have to try out his voice some time.

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    Hahaha I love you saying that everybody better cry too because you’re not going to be the only wuss. It sounds like a very sweet read. Every wedding has disasters and drama so I bet there were plenty in the book. Fantastic review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  7. Jessica Haluska

    I love Travis Maddox. LOVE him. Abbie’s okay too, I guess, but for me, it’s all about Travis. So this book could be utter crap, and it wouldn’t matter, I’d still read it. I’m glad it’s not crap though. Even if there were some issues 😉 I don’t even mind the hearts and unicorns in these books b/c TRAVIS.

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